Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama criticized Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as “self-centered” in a German newspaper interview on Sept. 7, saying Putin seems to want to “rebuild the Berlin Wall.”
“His attitude is: ’I, I, I’,” the Dalai Lama said, pointing out that Putin had served as Russian president, then prime minister and then president again. “That’s a bit too much,” he told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. “This is very self-centered.”
The Buddhist leader also had more criticism for Russia, now in the worst standoff with the West since the Cold War, than for China, which has ruled Tibet since its 1950 invasion.
“China and Russia, these are two very different cases,” said the Dalai Lama, voicing hope that “the modern world supports China becoming a democratic country”.
“China wants to be part of the global political system and will be ready to accept the international rules in the long run,” he said. “I don’t have the impression that this accounts for Russia and President Putin, as well, at the moment.
“We had become accustomed (to the fact) that the Berlin Wall has fallen,” he said, alluding to the shattering of the Communist bloc begun 25 years ago. “ Now President Putin seems to want to rebuild it. But he is hurting his own country by doing this. Isolation is suicide for Russia.”
1. self-centered adj. 自我中心的 (zi4 wo3 zhong1 xin1 de5)
例: He is quite self-centered. (他相當自我中心。)
2. become accustomed to v. phr. 對…變得習以為常 (dui4 … bian4 de2 xi2 yi3 wei2 chang2)
例: I’ve become accustomed to staying up late. (我對晚睡習以為常了。)
3. allude to v. 暗指；略提；提及 (an4 zhi3; lue4 ti2; ti2 ji2)
例: Do not ask her about her failure; do not even allude to it. (別問她有關她失敗的事，連提都不要提。)
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What are we going to do with them all? (4/5) 這麼多芒果要怎麼辦？（四） A: OK, I have one more idea about the free mangoes. Just hear me out. I have a blender at home. I’ll be back in a while with some milk and ice, and we’ll make smoothies for the office. We could charge NT$25 a pop, just to cover my costs and labor. B: Instead of thinking about schemes to make money from the management’s generosity, why don’t you do some actual work? Also, do you have any idea how many smoothies 25 boxes of mangoes will make? A: You can’t have too many mango smoothies. It’s the elixir of the gods. People